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125 gal help needing holes drilled...

12 years 1 week ago #17545 by nuth88
Glad the folks here could be of assistance Ziggy!

Please get us some Pics when you are up and running!

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12 years 1 week ago #17544 by codenameziggie
I just want to say thanks to all for the insight,after more thought and what ive heard im going to go with a HOT overflow just need to decide on witch one works the best....thanks again!! 

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17313 by nuth88
Dragon~

If the Treadmill had not just kicked my ***. I would respond, But I got nothing. Can't even breath....

CodeNameZiggy~

The HOB overflows are very nice, you do not have to drill, and do not pigeon hole you into, nothing but a wet-dry in the future, say you get a larger tank, and can't afford the wet-dry right off, Bang - wet-dry from your smaller tank - and I myself, (just me) look at the classifieds and if a tank im interested in is drilled, I pass by. Just IMHO.

Dragon helped me plumb my wet-dry for my 150 in what was minutes (The rest of the time we drank beer, and talked fish), crap we even built a Under Gravel Jet System! My 220 was the same, Repair and I did that very quickly, and best part? no drilling. We even plumbed a emergency overflow into the wet-dry, straight to the sump pump. It's super easy now that I have done it a few times!

Good Luck~

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17311 by dragonkeeper
Surely wasn't difficult. Spent more time fending off Nuth's questions than actually setting it up!

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17287 by rm-slover
I was just going to ask why not the HOB overflows. Dragon helped set up Nuth's tank and could probably walk you through it.

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17255 by dragonkeeper
Any reason you don't want to use the HOB overflows? Would save you the time and stress of drilling and they work just as good.

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17254 by
I drilled 8 75 gallon tanks in my old fishroom in an afternoon.  The hardest part was humping them up and down the stairs. 

EBAY has glass bits that are cheap and will wear away after a few uses.  Really cheap, though.  Go slow.  Keep the glass wet.  The tank you are drilling is made of thick glass that will not flex much.  10 gallon tanks crack very easily - the thicker the glass the harder it is to crack.

Make a template.  I used brown garbage bag paper to cover the back and then I cut out where I wanted the holes.  For a tank that size, you are probably going to want 2 (3 would be better) holes that are 1.25 - 1.75 inches in diameter.  You want to have a lot more output (water leaving the tank) than input (the return from the pump. 

First i would decide how big you want the holes.  Go to a good saltwater petstore and look around.  You should be able to find a drilld 125 as a display tank.  Note where they driled the holes.  The center of the hole is probably 3-4 inches below the bottom of the tank trim.  Once you decide where you want the holes, and how big the bulkjheads will be, then you order your bit.  remember the hole for a 1.5" bulkhead is bigger than 1.5".

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17240 by codenameziggie
yes I already have the wet/dry and that it seems like the best filtration to me,and my front are just little guys a little over a inch and I will have a group of 14 but will down size them once they are older to tell the sexes

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17237 by baldtaxguy

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12 years 2 weeks ago #17235 by sawboy2
Replied by sawboy2 on topic 125 gal help needing holes drilled...
Welcome to the forum.  Quick question.  Why are you wanting to drill the tank?  Do you already have a wet dry that you want to use?  In my opinion the risks outweigh the reward.  Get an AC110,  and a Rena XP4 and you'll be fine with the filtration.  A 125 will only comfortably house 5 - 7 adult Fronts,  and those two filters along with regular maintenance will keep everything in tip top shape.

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